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Age: Discrimination

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether the plans outlined in section seven of the Government's draft legislative programme on improved data collection on equality include the collection of data on discrimination based on age, with particular reference to children and young people under 18 years old; and if she will make a statement. (256485)

The reference to ‘improved data collection on equality’ made in the draft legislative programme relates to the equality measurement framework (EMF), currently under development at the London School of Economics and Oxford University, with support from the Government Equalities Office and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The EMF is designed to measure all equality strands, including age. However, the framework is intended for adults only. The EHRC, Government Equalities Office and others are therefore considering whether a similar project could be developed to produce a set of indicators suitable for children.